Daimler-Benz DB 600

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DB 600
DB600A NII VVS.jpg
DB 600A in a Heinkel He 111B nacelle
Type Piston V12 aircraft engine
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Daimler-Benz
First run December 1935 (first flight)
Major applications Messerschmitt Bf 109
Developed into Daimler-Benz DB 601

The Daimler-Benz DB 600 was a German aircraft engine designed and built before World War II as part of a new generation of German engine technology. It was a liquid-cooled inverted V12 engine, and powered the Messerschmitt Bf 110 and Heinkel He 111 among others. Most newer DB engine designs used in WW2 were based on this engine. The decision by the RLM to concentrate on manufacturing aircraft engines using fuel injection systems rather than carburettors meant that the DB 600 was quickly superseded by the otherwise similar DB 601. Later DB series engines grew in bore, stroke, and horsepower, including the DB 603 and DB 605, but were generally similar to the pattern created with the DB 600.


DB 600A¹
Up to 1,000 PS (810 kW) at 2350 rpm at sea-level.
DB 600B²
Up to 1,000 PS (810 kW) at 2350 rpm at sea level
Up to 850 PS (634 kW) at 2350 rpm at 13,120 feet (3999 m)
Up to 850 PS (634 kW) at 2350 rpm at 13,120 feet (3999 m)
Up to 950 PS (708 kW) at 2350 rpm at 13,120 feet (3999 m)
Up to 950 PS (708 kW) at 2350 rpm at 13,120 feet (3999 m)



  • Cross, Roy and Scarborough, Gerald. Messerschmitt Bf 109: Versions B-E - Classic Aircraft No.2. Cambridge:Patrick Stephens Ltd, 1972. ISBN 0-85059-106-6


Specifications (DB 600C)[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Type: Twelve-cylinder liquid-cooled supercharged 60° inverted Vee aircraft piston engine
  • Bore: 150 mm (5.9 in)
  • Stroke: 160 mm (6.3 in)
  • Displacement: 33.9 l (2,070.5 in3)
  • Length: 1,720 mm (68 in)
  • Width: 712 mm (28.0 in)
  • Height: 1,000 mm (39 in)
  • Dry weight: 575 kg (1,268 lb)



See also[edit]

Related development
Comparable engines
Related lists


  • Green, William. The Augsburg Eagle: A Documentary History - Messerschmitt Bf 109. London: Macdonald and Jane's Publishing Group Ltd. 1980. ISBN 0-7106-0005-4
  • Smith, J R and Kay, Anthony L. German Aircraft of the Second World War. London: Putman & Company Ltd. 1972 ISBN 0-370-00024-2
  • Neil Gregor Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich. Yale University Press, 1998

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